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A Selection Of The Best English Lyric Ballads Chosen & Edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch

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' Where we shall take, where we shall leave, Where we shall abide behind,
Where we shall rob, where we shall reave, Where we shall beat and bind.'
' Thereof no force,' then said Robin ;
' We shall do well enow ; But look ye do no husband harm
That tilleth with his plough.
' No more ye shall no good yeoman
That walketh by green-wood shaw; Nor yet no knight nor no squier That will be a good fellaw. xv
' These bishops and these archbishops,
Ye shall them beat and bind ; The High Sheriff of Nottingham, Him hold ye in your mind.'
i This word shall be held,' said Little John,
i This lesson we shall lere ; It is far days ; God send us a guest,
That we were at our dinnere.'
' Take thy good bow,' said Robin Hood,
' Let Much wend with thee.
And so shall William Scathelock,
And no man abide with me;
reave] plunder.            force] matter, account,
husbandman.         shaw] grove.          lere] learn,
late in the day.
husband] far days]
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